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It maybe the middle of winter but a flurry of events coming up in the district look set to draw the crowds.
The Kaiapoi Art Expo and Fire & Ice Festival both take place in Kaiapoi this coming weekend, 15th and 16th July this year. It’s the eleventh year for this popular show and in the time it’s been running it’s established itself as a fixture in the local art calendar, last year attracting over 3000 visitors who purchased 149 artworks. Since the event started over a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of art work has been sold on behalf of local artists.
At the same time the Fire & Ice Festival will be taking place on Saturday afternoon/evening in Kaiapoi. Organised by Kaiapoi’s department store, Blackwells, the festival had 2000 visitors last year attracted by the night market and live ice sculpting.
The Fire & Ice Festival is now in its third year says Michael Blackwell and visitor numbers have steadily grown. “We wanted to put on a community event and we wanted to link it to the art expo, building on a positive that is already there” says Blackwell.
Later this month in Rangiora the Winter Festival, now in its second year, will run from the 27th to 30th July and includes events like an ice-rink; live bands; food trucks; a market, a cocktail party and lots of other great activities.
Local business owner and one of the festival organisers, Karl Horwarth, says estimated visitor numbers for last year’s festival were over 7,500. This year there are added attractions and they are hoping to build on last year’s success to increase the number of people coming to the festival.
Events like these attract thousands of visitors to our towns during the winter, which is good news for local business and the local economy.